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Selected Artists 2003
Lucy Skaer |  Mark Titchner |  Markus Vater |  Michael Fullerton |  Peter Peri |  Shezad Dawood |  Simon Periton |  Tariq Alvi
  Tariq Alvi Tariq Alvi

Tariq's work includes drawings, collages and installations. His compositions often comprise of highly charged and explicit images cut out from newspapers, pornographic and fashion magazines and advertisements. Often working intuitively, Alvi's labour intensive works present us with both disarmingly simple and complex aesthetic forms taken from the ephemera of the everyday.

Works include a series of maps, depicting famously gay city centres such as San Francisco, New York and LA. In this work, Alvi plays with the concept of order and disorder through painstakingly colouring in each separate district and quarter with no apparent rationale. We are left with a newly coded route, routes for "cruising" perhaps? In another series, "Parasites", we are presented with patterns and insects formed out of texts taken from either gossipy, tragic or shocking newspaper stories. Through this act of using the newspaper and its text as collage, and cutting and pasting other people's ideas, Tariq subverts the original meaning into an aesthetic form.

In the work, "Jewellery board", we see a plethora of images, each item a piece of jewellery meticulously cut out from Argos catalogues and pinned to the board. Covered with gold items, bejewelled chains, elaborate earrings and all number of glittering adornments, this work speaks of a kind of excess gleaned from the glut of consumer culture that surrounds us. These lo-fi objects of desire are rendered luxurious and beguiling by the sheer intensiveness behind the process of production.

Tariq was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1965, and graduated in 1992 with a BA (hons) in Fine Art, from the University of Brighton. He also studied at the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht from 1993 to 1995. Tariq lives and works in Rotterdam and London. He is represented by Cabinet.

Portrait © Anthony Oliver
Jewellery Board, 2000, paper and pins on board
© Tariq Alvi
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